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March 28, 2007

From Susan — Zip It, Zip It Good

Filed under: Back Story — lv2knit @ 8:00 am

I taught the “Inserting a Zipper” class last evening for the third time in a week!  So, “zipperphobia” is NOT a universal ailment, my friends!!  Last night at the Yarnery we had three lively participants: Ruthie, Debbie and Connie.   Sorry I did not list all the participants from all the sessions 🙁 .  I found (thank goodness) that most of the people who took the class were sewers as well as knitters, so they all did a great job.  Thanks to all for making the class so fun.

Bad news, though.  I LOST money last night because I spent more than I earned on books: 🙁 and  :)  !!

First up:


Now why would a person who makes one pair of socks per lifetime need another sock book?  Life is full of unanswered questions.

Second up to bat:


I just really liked this book and, Sally, it has the lace-edged wimple I was telling you about!  Woo Hoo!  I did not know that until I got the book home! I like the sweater on the cover, too, and even if these designs were already in Interweave Knits, it’s still nice to have a nice book.

Third up:


I must confess that I do not read the Yarn Harlot with any regularity.  I do not own any of her previous books.  I did do the Knitting Olympics last year, which was loads of fun, but I am not what you would call a YH groupie.  However, YH will be in St. Paul next week and I am going to hear her speak so I thought I would buy the book and perhaps have her sign it.  The book is an odd assortment of musings (inside jokes so to speak) about knitting. 

PS — they did not have the silk yarn I was looking for so “new project” is not to be — yet.


  1. I’ve knitted my one pair but I’ll have to confess to having at least 3 sock books and enough yarn (specifically bought for socks) to knit at least a dozen socks!

    I’m just curious … why did you choose to leave the ribbing on the front bands (on Oregon)?

    Comment by Marina — March 28, 2007 @ 8:33 am

  2. I have enough sock yarn to last a lifetime and many sock books and I bet I will go out and buy that one, too. I love sock yarn; I just don’t knit all that many socks. (If we’re talking about, uhm, actual pairs.)

    Comment by surly — March 28, 2007 @ 8:57 am

  3. I LOVE the sock book! I had a great time at the class and now feel confidant that my zipper will look good in my ribbi
    cardi – now I just need to finish it!!

    Comment by Connie — March 28, 2007 @ 9:04 am

  4. I must confess, I have made many pairs of thicker socks, but the finer Trekking, STR- well, I can’t bear to unwind
    the skeins- the colors are so lovely, and they look so pretty in my basket.
    So, while I like the idea, I don’t actually knit alot of socks. Just collect the yarn.

    Comment by Lorraine — March 28, 2007 @ 9:18 am

  5. From Susan — I, too, have a small stash of sock yarn, and one pair to show for it. I love the colors!

    Comment by lv2knit — March 28, 2007 @ 9:52 am

  6. I made a number of pairs of socks last year, but most were Xmas presents and one didn’t fit me (boo hoo!), and so I myself own a grand total of ONE pair of hand-knit socks. Must make more. I will probably buy that book, or beg for it for my birthday.

    And I confess to being a YH groupie and would see her when she is in our area in June, except — it is the same night as the school spring concert, and I would be a Bad Mom if I didn’t go to that.

    Comment by AuntieAnn — March 28, 2007 @ 10:34 am

  7. I too am guilty of collecting sock books and yarn. They do get used, but not really often enough to warrant the purchase of yet another book. Indeed, I am looking to give a couple of books away. That being said, I just know that book will somehow eventually make it into my grubby little sock-greedy hands.

    Comment by Gale — March 28, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

  8. I suffer from that same “lack of comprehending” what comes in doesn’t always jusify what goes out”! I also love a beautiful knitting book… to make matters worse, I just bought a lovely tall mahagony book case for my family room. My knitting books have found a lovely new home (everyone else’s stuff is off limits) this is MY space. I also like the look of the sweater on the cover of the lace book. Do you think you’ll knit it? How bout a knit-a-long?! 🙂

    Comment by Michelle — March 28, 2007 @ 8:41 pm

  9. I put a navy blue zipper in the baby sweater I am using to teach the Norwegian sweater class. It sure worked slick and looks great. Thanks Susan. Talk to you soon.

    For any who have not taken the class this is a great class.


    Comment by Sherry — April 1, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

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